Author Archives: Brooke Sault

About Brooke Sault

Technology enthusiast working to enable the use of LED lighting - Living in the Green Mountain State of Vermont with my family and working with a company like LEDSupply, that is helping to provide energy saving LED products, is a great place and platform to accomplish my lifelong goal of making a positive impact on our world.

Lighting MFGs Reduce Design Size with New MiniPuck LED Driver from LUXdrive

MiniPuck LED Driver Small in SizeLEDs started small (in size) and keep getting smaller! This ‘miniaturization’ of the semiconductor market is allowing lighting manufacturers to reduce the size of their products. To aid that effort, LUXdrive, a division of LEDdynamics, Inc., has developed a new product, to add to their line of constant current low voltage LED drivers, called the MiniPuck.

LUXdrive is well known for building low voltage DC/DC LED drivers. They make the BuckBlock, FlexBlock, PowerPuck, BuckToot, MicroPuck, BuckBullet and BuckPuck. These drivers are all small, but not as small as the MiniPuck. The new MiniPuck is the perfect Continue reading

Automatic Lighting with Motion Sensor LED Light Strip Module

I work with LED lighting everyday and am still continually amazed at the sheer amount of lumens LEDs can emit. Take for example our new LED Motion Sensor Strip Light, with just a 20″ section and a 8AA battery-pack, this motion activated light boasts as much light as a 40-Watt incandescent bulb; plus it can run over 30+ hours before needing to be recharged. Since it’s wireless, super-bright, battery-powered, custom, inexpensive and activated by motion there are literally tons of lighting applications to consider. But first, lets look at the main components that make-up this module and then look closer at all its benefits, features and applications. Continue reading

LED Strips in Automotive Applications

LED Strip Automotive Applications a Cause for Concern

LEDs on a boatWhen using Led Strips in automotive or boating applications there can be concern about over-voltage and sharp voltage spikes. These are fast, short duration electrical transients in voltage and happen anywhere there is an alternator to charge the battery and other components like fans, solenoids and relays. In a 12V strip application, over-voltage and spikes can deliver too much power to the LEDs. This will lower their output faster over-time and in some cases result in thermal runaway, which ends badly. Given the awesome amount of fun automotive LED strip applications there are (think cars, motorcycles, atv and boats), we have a few easy solutions for you, so you can rest easy and be assured that your voltage stays at 12V and keeps those LED strips running well. Continue reading

Our LED Grow Light Kit Write-Up: Using the Highest-Quality LED Components!

LED grow light kitWhen LEDs became powerful, circa 2006, we started getting requests from customers to help them use our LEDs for growing (horticulture). Before giving out too much information, we researched photosynthesis and did an internal grow test using shorter wavelength blue and longer wavelength red LEDs. After the success of that first test, we decided to develop a high-quality LED grow light kit; something that used name brand and reliable LEDs and components. At that time, all the LED grow products we were seeing on the market seemed to have vague specifications, outlandish claims, looked cheaply built and used unreliable components. Of course our kit started small in-scale, but now almost 10-years later Continue reading

The Search for the Best Battery Powered LED Strip: Options & Applications Detailed!

Battery Powered LED Light StripsSearching for battery powered LED light strips?

Same here.

I found nothing good, mostly incomplete solutions that were over-priced. Most of the options had dim LEDs, cheap battery packs, no switch or waterproofing, poor mounting choices and limited colors and controlling options. There was a lot missing from what I needed, so… Continue reading

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LED Strip Connectors – 2 Pin & 4 Pin: Quick & Easy Alternative to Soldering

To avoid damage and a lot of frustration, anyone planning to install LED strip lights should first know the best way to make connections to the strips. If poor connections are made, lights will flicker, go off unexpectedly or worse, not work at all. Unfortunately, many mistakes are made within this step but the good news is that connection issues are simple fix to fix or avoid with the right strip connectors.

The LED strip connectors in this guide will help you to:

  1. Connect two strips together, end-to-end to make a longer length
  2. Run a gap in between your strip lights
  3. Connect power leads to an LED strip
  4. Make small connections around corners

LED strip connectors provide a quick-connect solution that lets Continue reading

Guide to LED Flashlights & MagLite Upgrades

LED flashlights & maglie upgradesPortable lighting like kerosene lanterns, candles and flashlights have long-been a necessity within households. You know why, suddenly out goes the electricity and the first thing we do is blindly start searching for the flashlight. Or maybe you’re working in a dark area and just need some extra light. Whatever the application might be, darkness often demands the need for a mobile light and if you are like me and own a MagLite flashlight, you should consider doing what I did. And, if you aren’t and own another brand of flashlight, don’t worry there is something here for you too! Continue reading

How to Solder LEDs

Guide to Soldering LEDs: Save time & money with these helpful tips!

soldering iron & stationSoldering: Here is what works!
Struggling with soldering and ruining your LED(s) and printed circuit board (PCB) or metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) is easy to do without the proper tools, materials and soldering technique. To help avoid common issues with LED soldering we looked back on our 20 plus years of electronics experience and outlined here all the “dos & don’ts” for soldering to LEDs. Our intention is to help save you time, money and avoid frustration so maybe you try a second LED project with us! Additionally, there is a video at the end that shows the process in action. Continue reading

Series/Parallel Circuits Explained

Wiring LEDs Correctly: Series & Parallel Circuits Explained!

Schematic of Series Parallel CircuitHopefully those looking for practical information on electrical circuits and wiring LED components found this guide first. It’s likely though, you’ve already read the Wikipedia page about Series and parallel circuits here, maybe a few other Google search results on the subject and are still unclear or wanting more specific information as it pertains to LEDs. With years of providing LED education, training and explaining the electronic circuit concept to customers, we have gathered and prepared all the critical information needed to help you understand the concept of electrical circuits and their relationship to LEDs. Continue reading

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1-Watt, 3-Watt & High Wattage LEDs: Please Explain!

1-WATT-3-WATT-EXPLAINED_THUMBNAILCoined originally from the Philips LumiLEDs Luxeon I, III & V line of LEDs was the idea and terminology that high-power LEDs are grouped and referred to by a specific wattage. By many, the Luxeon I was called a 1-watt LED, the Luxeon III a 3-watt LED and the Luxeon V a 5-watt LED.

Duh, right…

Well, technically these and most LEDs have a wide current range at which they can be powered, so boxing them into one wattage ‘category’ has proven Continue reading